All-LKC volleyball teams announced

Williamstown hitter Bethany Arnold attempts to spike the ball during a high school volleyball match this season. Arnold and teammate Skylar Watson, a senior, represented the Yellowjackets on the All-Little Kanawha Conference first team. Photo by Michael Uhl

PARKERSBURG — Wirt County senior setter Katie Frazier was honored by league coaches as the Little Kanawha Conference’s Player of the Year.

The Tigers not only won the LKC crown, but captured their second Class A state championship in the past three seasons.

“Katie is a great setter,” said Ritchie County head coach Matt Carpenter, who saw senior Rebel libero Cassie Tallman repeat as a first-team all-LKC pick along with Wirt County 12th-grader Haley Moore. “She puts it where it needs to be and where the balls can be attacked well for them and they have high-caliber hitters.

“When you are putting it in that situation for those type of hitters, you know, that’s almost college volleyball right there.”

In her final year for the orange and black, Frazier finished with 1,272 assists. She also registered 117 aces, had 78 kills and eight blocks.

Tallman helped the Rebels to runner-up finishes at both the conference championship and in the state finals. She had 421 digs and 77 aces. Moore led the Tigers with 554 downed spikes while also contributing 60 aces and 57 blocks.

The only other libero to make the all-LKC first unit was Williamstown senior Skylar Watson, who helped the ‘Jackets to a state tournament berth. Along with serving up 97 aces, she had 23 assists and 517 digs. Yellowjacket teammate Bethany Arnold, a junior hitter, joined Watson on the first team after delivering 401 kills with 53 blocks and 71 digs.

Despite being ousted in the sectional tournament, Ravenswood senior Skylar Mace was a force to be reckoned with at the net. The Red Devil amassed 547 kills, 239 blocks and 80 aces. Fellow Red Devil Katie Mellinger also grabbed a spot on the first team. The senior had 34 blocks, 60 aces and 272 kills.

Tyler Consolidated also made the Class A state tournament before bowing out in the semifinals to Wirt County. Junior Alexa Johnson was the Silver Knights’ representative on the all-LKC first team and finished her campaign one block shy of the century mark to go along with 447 kills.

Ritchie County junior Abi Haught (357 kills, 242 digs, 67 aces, 37 blocks), Calhoun County senior Mercedes Ferrell (201 kills, 432 digs, 43 blocks), Doddridge County junior Courtney Sanford (421 assists, 13 aces, 29 digs, 13 kills) and Roane County senior Hannah McKown (285 kills, 247 digs, 69 aces, 15 blocks) also made first team.

The all-LKC second team featured Wirt County teammates Kylie Stephens and Emily Cottrell, Ritchie County’s Brianna Jones, Tyler Consolidated’s Josey Jones and JoLee Walton, Williamstown’s Tori Tadlock, Miah Moss of Gilmer County, Gracie Lowers of Parkersburg Catholic, Lacie Bills of St. Marys, Hannah Childers of Clay County as well as the Roane County duo of Chasity Drennen and Kayla Strickland and Braxton County teammates Jocelyn Abraham and Nikki Wayne.